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earth cut away by cole gerst

Engrave Your Book is back in action! After discovering that laser engraving art directly onto PVC Moleskines is an unsafe manufacturing process, we’ve developed USA-made leather covers which slip seamlessly over Moleskine notebooks. Not only do the leather covers look incredible engraved, they’re reusable and will only get better with age. Currently, we are only offering pocket-size covers; the large covers will be available early February.

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As I ponder the future for Project Chaboo I realize I missed a lot of people. There are many many brilliant artists out there with great energy. Hopefully for round two I will find them all.  I met illustrator Kalina Torino at the show- a couple months too late, unfortunately. Her work is super cool- check it out!

Awww CUTE!  She tells me her characters are inspired by real people- I think pineapple girl is her. Shes been putting her characters into “suits” that can be hilarious.   Who wears a lobster?  Honestly… come on… haha.  I like the drooping things she has going in her backgrounds.  We discussed perhaps having them laser cut in the future and layering her paintings.  MMMmm lasers…

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cantilever hall table.

bloodwood, quartersawn white oak, hardware.
constructed 2007.





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Originally posted by croquecamille from Croque-Camille, ReBlogged by ken on Mar 26, 2009 at 01:27 AM

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amy ruppels chaboo

Photos by Anna Campbell.

Recently, my friend Ken Tomita curated a furniture design show like no other called Project Chaboo. He brought together 50 of Portland’s finest industrial designers, architects, illustrators, inventors, engineers, and carpenters to reinterpret one of his signature designs. The design is based on a common Japanese low table, known as chabudai. I was fortunate enough to collaborate with one of the nicest illustrators in Portland, Amy Ruppel on her chaboo. I engraved her leaf design into the top surface, then laser cut felt to be infilled into the birch.

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Originally posted by admin from Michael Mandiberg, ReBlogged by ken on Mar 30, 2009 at 08:38 PM

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The latest in Bandai Gadget's "do it forever" series is the top of a coke or beer can. Basically, researchers spent hours and hours perfecting the sensation of cracking open a can, and then made it into a cell phone strap. It goes on sale in June for about $8.

Pop-the-edamame cell phone strap

Bubble wrap mania

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b-and-n_iconic_panelsWant to pretty up your place but really could do without wallpaper? The pasting, the smoothing out, the shouting match between you and your significant other…it’s ok. We understand. That’s why we’re all excited about the mountable laminate panels that B&N Industries has produced. The Iconic Panels are way cooler than any wood paneling we remember from childhood and come in designs named Carnaby, Hitchcock, and even, Helvetica (guess what that one looks like!). The sixteen textured designs encompass a range of styles from pleasing curvy designs to wildly drawn lines that would give us vertigo if we had to eat breakfast near them.